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Anna Rose Meeds is a Catholic writer and speaker who wants to spread hope, truth, and awareness. After struggling through many years of depression, eating disorders, anxiety, aspergers, and numerous other illnesses, she has finally begun to to see a light at the end of the tunnel that she wants to share with all those who need encouragement and support. Currently, she is a university student studying professional writing with a minor in literature and Bible. Creativity and imagination play an important role in her life and faith. Other activities that she is involved with include Toastmasters, speech team, theater, web editing and social media marketing for several sites, writing for her university newspaper, a chapter officer of Sigma Tua Delta, and leading of the disability awareness club at her school.

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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 8, AD2017 10 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

(One of our editors wanted to write about eating disorders and Lent. However, we remembered Anna Rose Meads gave a great explanation two years ago about why fasting from food is a huge “NO” for people suffering from eating disorders)  The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is […]

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The Catholic Side of Disney

August 20, AD2015 42 Comments
The Catholic Side of Disney

  Growing up, I loved Disney movies as many children do. One of my dreams was to go to Disney World, but my family never had the money or time. Still, we enjoyed snuggling together with some popcorn to watch Beauty and the Beast or the newest Pixar show. However, my parents also expressed concern about […]

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Mirroring God’s Creativity

July 25, AD2015 5 Comments
Mirroring God’s Creativity

  At Mass last Sunday, the urge to write a poem came to me. My fingers itched to write down the words describing the choir, the church, Christ’s face on the crucifix, etc. Yet, guilt about bringing out a notebook and paper filled me. No one else writes down anything in church. We sit and […]

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The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

When controversial writers in the Bible are discussed, Paul is often one of the first mentioned. For years, Christians clung to his words about faith, fruits of the Spirit, and redemption. However, modern audiences have been less inclined to support all of his views. After all, readers might only remember him as belittling the role […]

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Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

May 4, AD2015 2 Comments
Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

Ragged stuffed animal and hidden depression as my constant companions, I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien during my awkward preteen years. My father, although never an enthusiastic reader, had finished narrating the golden purrings of Aslan, constant mutterings of Puddleglum, and gallant chirpings of Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia. My two sisters and I gathered around […]

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Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

April 3, AD2015 4 Comments
Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

Proverbs is the book of wisdom that is said to be written by King Solomon. We often cite verses from this book of the Bible to prove a point or teach a child. After all, Proverbs 1:8 states, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction” while 1:2 claims that the words are inscribed “that men may […]

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Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

March 10, AD2015 6 Comments
Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

When considering Christianity, many question how evil occurs with a good and powerful God. Philosopher David Hume even used this issue in an attempt to prove that God could not exist. According to Hume, an all-good God would stop evil while an all-powerful one could stop it: “If God is perfectly benevolent and also omnipotent, […]

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Is God Controlled by Logic?

February 6, AD2015 13 Comments
Is God Controlled by Logic?

Christians agree that God is omnipotent and sovereign, meaning that He is able to do all things. The Nicene Creed proclaims faith in “one God, the Father almighty.” However, what does that complete power truly mean? According to Dictionary.com, omnipotent means “infinite in power” and “having very great or unlimited authority.” Can God then do anything […]

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Balancing Culture and Christianity

January 9, AD2015 10 Comments
Balancing Culture and Christianity

Culture is a word with a depth of meaning – a mixture of pain, joy, pride, love, restriction, and tradition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definitions include “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time” and “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” […]

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Our Bodies are Living Cathedrals

November 15, AD2014 6 Comments
Our Bodies are Living Cathedrals

When someone talks about a cathedral or church, we often think about a building. Stained glass windows, candles, crucifixes and tabernacles might come to mind. Words like “chapel” invoke different imagery for different people, but there are similar themes and descriptors. These physical places of prayer are important. However, Christians sometimes forget there is another […]

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Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

October 24, AD2014 17 Comments
Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

Each day is a rush from beginning to end for many people. Scarf down breakfast, run to catch a bus, work all day, pick up the children from school, clean the house, mow the lawn, edit homework late into the night – most of us can barely fit everything that needs to be done into […]

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Being the “Good Girl”

September 23, AD2014 7 Comments
Being the “Good Girl”

Good, perfect, holy, sweet, innocent, beautiful, kind, pure – there are so many words that described who I wanted to be ever since childhood. These were goals to achieve, standards impossible to meet, reminders to keep my behavior appropriate, and chains that constricted my life. Stories of the saints partially influenced this. One story that […]

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Pro-Life Messages in Ten Popular Movies

August 24, AD2014 8 Comments
Pro-Life Messages in Ten Popular Movies

Often Christians lament the darkness in the world around us. War, abortion, euthanasia, and murder are regular occurrences even in our own communities. No wondering Saint Pope John Paul II labeled now as “the culture of death” in Evangelium Viate. Yet, hope remains. Sometimes when we focus so much on the evil, we fail to […]

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Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

July 24, AD2014 7 Comments
Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

When the boys’ choir began to proclaim the psalm, tears pooled up in my eyes. On my last evening in Oxford, a fellow classmate and I went to Evensong at Christ Church University. Listening to the renowned chorus of boys was a nearly perfect ending to my trip. Studying in Oxford from the end of May […]

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Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

May 29, AD2014 10 Comments
Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

Everyone faces anxiety. A child embarks off without you, a difficult exam is next week, you have no idea what to expect at a job interview – we face all of these scenarios and more daily. By itself, anxiety is just an emotion like any other. There is nothing bad or sinful about it. God […]

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Benefits of Being Catholic at a Nondenominational University

May 7, AD2014 10 Comments
Benefits of Being Catholic at a Nondenominational University

\”You are looking into that school?\” Many of my parents\’ friends looked at me with narrowed eyes. \”Every student has to take 20 credits of Bible classes. Imagine that: learning faith from a non-Catholic point of view.\” In response, I smiled nervously and shrugged my shoulders. Despite my excitement at the nondenominational school I had […]

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What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

April 3, AD2014 4 Comments
What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

As a child I loved Lent despite its  agonizing subject. Thinking about the death of Jesus brought tears to my eyes. Shivers ran up my spine whenever I spoke the words, “Crucify Him!” with the rest of the congregation. The long services filled with a multitude of people crammed into a small space made my […]

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Suffering from Mental Illness with the Saints

March 12, AD2014 10 Comments
Suffering from Mental Illness with the Saints

Growing up, I looked up to the saints as the ideal role models. If I wanted to explore or learn about new places, stories of St. Francis Xavier fueled my adventures. Frustration with school caused me to ask for the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas. Stomach aches, travel, singing, cooking, searching for a lost item […]

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